Rava Idli recipe - South Indian Recipe

 Breakfast or snack recipe

This Rava idli recipe is a south Indian steamed snack or breakfast recipe. It is easy to make.

Rava or semolina idli is healthy as it doesn't need a much oil. You can make it still healthier by adding vegetables such as grated or finely chopped carrots, french beans and green peas.

It looks colorful too when you add vegetables.

In the recipe below I am using carrots and green peas. If you plan to use french beans, chop them and steam cook them till just done before adding to the batter.

How to make Rava Idli

Main ingredients for semolina - rava idli

Ingredients for making about 10 rava idli

  • Rava(semolina) -1 cup
  • Yogurt(a little sour is good) - 1 cup
  • Milk - 1/2 cup or as needed.
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  •  Carrot - 1/2 cup grated
  • Green peas(optional) - 1/2 cup cooked
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
  • Green chili - 1 chopped fine
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp, Freshly grated
  • Soda bi carb - 1/2 tsp

Tempering ingredients

  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5-6 chopped
  • Bengal gram dal (chana dal) - 1 tsp
  • Black gram dal(urad dal)- 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - 4-5 chopped

Making rava idli

  1. Lightly dry roast rava for about 2 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a bowl add roasted and cooled rava, yogurt, salt, chopped coriander and green chili, grated coconut, peas, carrots.
  3. Mix well to form a thick batter without lumps. Check consistency.
  4. Add a little milk if needed. The batter should be of pouring consistency.
  5. Keep aside for 15 minutes. 

Make tempering 

  1. Heat oil in a small pan.
  2. Add mustard and cumin seeds to the oil. When they stop crackling, add chana dal and urad dal.
  3. Fry a little, do not let it brown.
  4. Add curry leaves. Take off fire.
  5. Add chopped cashew nuts . Cool.
  6. Add to batter. Mix well. 

Steaming Idli:

  1. Just before making idli, add the soda bi carb and mix well.
  2. Add a ladleful of batter into a idli plates.
  3. Steam in a steamer for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with coconut chutney and/or sambar 

Tips and variations

If any batter is left over, keep it in the fridge and use within next two days.

You may add vegetables such as green peas, grated carrots, green beans etc.

For steaming idlies:

  • If you have a steamer, use that.
  • You may also use a pressure cooker without the weight for steaming idlis.
  • Or you may use any large pot that will hold your steaming idli stand and that you can cover.
  • If you have a idli stand, use it or you may use small stainless steel bowls or small deep plates to put the batter in for steaming.

Related pages to visit

More recipes with semolina:

Onion Upma - Semolina dish - Savory Semolina Snack

Vegetable upma - No onion recipe

Sheera - Sooji Halwa - Semolina sweet

See also:

Batata poha aloo poha - Aval - Rice flakes snack or breakfast dish

Kanda poha - Aval - Rice flakes snack or breakfast dish

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Go to Vegetarian Recipes Homepage from rava idli

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